Limelight (4:19)

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“Limelight” is a song by the Canadian progressive rock band Rush. It first appeared on the 1981 album Moving Pictures. Written by Rush’s primary lyricist Neil Peart, “Limelight” expresses Peart’s discomfort with Rush’s success and being in the “limelight.” Limelight also employs a number of Shakespearian phrases.

Neil Peart (Source Limelight Songfacts): “Success puts a strain on the friendship and it puts the strains on your day-to-day relationship, and it’s something that we did go through, you know, we’re not immune to it. But we were able to overcome it just through our closeness and we were able to help each other with difficulties like that and then we could deal with the pressures and things and that.”

Limelight is featured in the film Adventureland and I Love You, Man.


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Living on a lighted stage
Approaches the unreal
For those who think and feel
In touch with some reality

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  • YoQueSe666

    The Peart-penned lyrics of this Moving Pictures single deal with the reclusive and intensely private drummer's struggles to cope with fame. Meanwhile, Lifeson's mournful, lonesome guitar solo is a testament to the isolation that came with their success. Ironically, the track only gained the band more attention, hitting #4 on the Mainstream Rock charts and #55 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Limelight” is also a favorite of Rush fans and classic rock fans alike. -- watchmojo

    21 Jun 2:21am Reply
  • samoht65

    alt, aber immer wieder geil!

    17 Jun 10:21am Reply
  • wandrus

    świetne nagranie!!!

    2 Jun 8:40pm Reply
  • YeezusSuburbia


    2 May 10:11pm Reply
  • jaguar7676

    All Time favorite band

    11 Apr 12:25pm Reply
  • spawelcz1043

    "Slappin da bass!"

    25 Mar 9:18pm Reply
  • andreluisfonk

    20 Jan 8:28pm Reply
  • marjo47

    Fab. band.

    18 Jan 5:07pm Reply
  • dougm

    do you air guitar, air bass or air drum to this? :)

    12 Jan 3:20pm Reply
  • sl8221958

    There's no bizness like show bizness.

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • takenasusual

    awesome every time i listen thx guys you 3 are tops stil

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Panecea

    ♥♥♥ RUSH ♥♥♥

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • pingywings


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  • Trapper3519

    Oh hell yah!

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DannytaLee


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  • Belgyc

    Mi banda favorita, espero que pronto vuelvan a Chile.

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Mayrocknroll

    I'd rather live in the Fish Islands -- not a fisheye lens.

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    a really simple song on the surface that has strong second layer messages--pretty neat

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • CamS852

    As much as I love this song and album... Neither are their best. their best albums *(at least for me) are 2112 and Permanent Waves. Best song... Too many to choose from. It really might be 2112 though, it's just so epic.

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
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